HVAC helpers are technicians who work with seasoned HVAC technicians while they perform the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
These HVAC helpers are usually just starting out compared to fully licensed HVAC technicians, but they remain an important part of quality HVAC service.
Which Tasks Can HVAC Helpers Do?
HVAC helpers are responsible for a wide range of tasks, including:
- Carrying and loading equipment and materials
- Cleaning and preparing job sites
- Assisting with the installation, maintenance and repair of heating and cooling systems
They may also be responsible for performing basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to look for signs of trouble.
What Do I Need to Become an HVAC Helper?
To start as an HVAC helper, you generally start by completing a training program or an apprenticeship. Completing either may take several months to a year, and should provide hands-on training in the installation and maintenance of HVAC systems. Many programs extend classes to cover related subjects, such as electrical theory and safety practices.
Once the training or apprenticeship program is complete, HVAC helpers may choose to become certified by a professional organization, including the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. You'll become certified after passing an exam, although some programs also require completing a certain amount of work experience or continuing education credits.
What Is an HVAC Helper's Salary?
The amount of money that an HVAC helper can earn usually depends on how much experience they have, the region where they work and the specific company they're working for.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers is approximately $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers can eventually earn more. With experience and completing more training, HVAC helpers may be able to advance to become truly professional HVAC technicians, increasing their annual salaries.
Overall, an HVAC helper is an important member of a heating and cooling team, providing assistance with the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. With the right training and experience, an HVAC helper can become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.